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Ranking the top catches in Bucs history

Joe Jurevicius could barely focus on football - and barely hold back tears - during game week with his newborn son, Michael, critically ill. (Times 2003)

Joe Jurevicius could barely focus on football - and barely hold back tears - during game week with his newborn son, Michael, critically ill. (Times 2003)

To our readers: Mike Evans' 2016 NFL Catch of the Year and the big Bucs' offseason catches — DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin — inspired us to mark the start of the 2017 season with a series of stories celebrating "The Catch." We hope you enjoy them.

TAMPA — A list of the biggest catches in Bucs' history:

1. Jan. 19, 2003

Joe Jurevicius, playing with a heavy heart as his newborn son fought for his life in a Tampa hospital, went 71 yards to set up a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game.


Warren Sapp (99) congratulates receiver Joe Jurevicius (83) after Jurevicius' big catch and run in the first quarter of the 2003 NFC Championship game in Philadelphia.

2. Dec. 29, 1979

In the fourth quarter of the first playoff game in Bucs history, Doug Williams, rolling right and under pressure, found tight end Jimmie Giles in the corner of the end zone at Tampa Stadium for a 24-10 cushion as the Bucs beat the Eagles.

Times archives

Bucs quarterback Doug Williams and tight end Jimmie Giles in 1983.

3. Sept. 20, 1998

In the first game at Raymond James Stadium, the 0-2 Bucs, coming off their first playoff season in 15 years, fell behind the Bears 15-0. But they came back, highlighted by a one-handed 44-yard touchdown by tight end Dave Moore. The Bucs christened their new home with a 27-15 win.


Tight end Dave Moore holds on to a pass from Trent Dilfer for a touchdown at Raymond James Stadium.

4. Nov. 3, 2016

Mike Evans joined the party. Evans had two touchdown catches in a loss to the Falcons - and the most spectacular catch of his young NFL career, a leaping one-handed grab near the Atlanta sideline for 16 yards before he was nailed and driven out of bounds by Falcons safety Keanu Neal.


Mike Evans (13) makes a one-handed catch down the sideline against the Falcons.

5. Sept. 8, 2003

The world champion Bucs made the opening of the new Philadelphia football stadium as quiet as the closing of the previous one with a 17-0 win to begin the season. It was the Joe Show again. Jurevicius caught. In the fourth quarter, he reached back near the goal line, batted the ball in the air, over an Eagles defender, then spun and dove into the end zone to make the TD catch.


Buc receiver Joe Jurevicius snares a third-quarter touchdown during the first game at Lincoln Financial Field.

6. Jan. 26, 2003

Two-for-one. Keenan McCardell caught consecutive touchdown passes as the Bucs blew open Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders. It spelled 27-3 and the rout was on.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Kennan McCardell, right, catches a pass for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) during the first half of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego Calif. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003.

7. Dec. 20, 1981

In the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions, with the NFC Central title on the line, Kevin House raced behind the Detroit defense down the right sideline and Doug Williams hit him for a startling 84-yard touchdown that jump started the Bucs to a 20-17 win and a playoff berth.

St. Petersburg Times

Kevin House celebrates a touchdown catch in another Bucs victory over the Lions, this one a 28-10 win at Tampa Stadium on Oct. 4, 1981.

8. Dec. 8, 2008

Even a bad loss in Carolina couldn't completely obliterate Antonio Bryant's diving, totally horizontal one-handed catch for a score.

Times archives

(12/08/2008 CHARLOTTE) Antonio Bryant scores a fourth-quarter touchdown on Monday Night Football against the Panthers.

9. Dec. 18, 1977

Fresh from the first win in franchise history after 26 losses to begin it, Bucs quarterback Gray Huff hit Morris Owens for a 61-yard score in a 17-7 win over St. Louis in the 14th and final game of the season. It was the first home win for the franchise and, oh, the Bucs' first offensive touchdown at home in 1977.

St. Petersburg Times

Morris Owens (85) races past a defender for a touchdown in the Bucs' 17-7 over the St. Louis Cardinals at Tampa Stadium.

10. Dec. 9, 2001

It was the subject or mirth at times: Keyshawn Johnson had a team-record 106 receptions in 2001, but only one went for a touchdown. But at least the one meant something. Johnson went up over a Lions defender for a TD with 40 seconds left to beat the Lions, 15-12.

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

Keyshawn Johnson (19) goes over Jimmy Wyrick for the decisive score against Detroit.

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